Iron bridge collapses in Banihal, 4 injured

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Banihal: Four persons were injured when an iron bridge collapsed in Ramban district on Sunday, officials said.
Two trucks loaded with construction material for an under-construction tunnel were crossing the 300-meter bridge over Nallah Bishlari in Ramsoo area when it collapsed, resulting in injuries to driver and conductor, the officials said.
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and their condition was stated to be stable, the officials said.
The bridge was laid by IRCON some four years back on the approach road leading to the 13.5 km under-construction railway tunnel, which will be the longest in the country after completion, between Khari and Sumber in Ramban
Ramban Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ahmad Ganie inspected the site on accident and ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The inquiry would be conducted by the sub-divisional magistrate. He has to submit his report within 15 days, a government official said.
Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Javaid Mustafa Mir has asked the deputy commissioner to inquire why safety norms were not followed and also fix the responsibility, the official said.

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